Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root)

Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root)

Herb 4 of 34 in Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation

Warm Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong)
Spicy, Warm
Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Invigorates Blood and Moves Qi
    One of the most effective herbs for all Blood and Qi stasis patterns. For Gynecological disorders like irregular menses, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, difficult labor, postpartum abdominal pain and retained lochia
  • Expels Wind and Relieves Pain
    A top herb for all headaches due to Wind-Cold, Wind-Heat, Wind-Damp, Blood Stagnation and Blood Deficiency. Also for dizziness due to wind. Relieves pain associated with Qi and Blood Stasis including pain in the chest, flanks, hypochondria, muscles and joints. For numbness, paralysis, chronic non-healing sores with or without pus, and Bi Zheng.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Use with caution during pregnancy
  • Avoid in patients with excess menses or prone to bleeding
  • Do not use for Yin deficiency Fire with a red tongue and dry mouth

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Chuan Xiong may interfere with Anti-Coagulating drugs.

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • Rare cases of shortened time between menses, menorrhagia, urinary frequency, abdominal tingling and pain, headache, vomiting and painful urination
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-9 grams in decoction, 1-1.5 grams as powder (Bensky)
  • 3-10 grams in decoction, 1-1.5 grams in powder (Chen)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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